• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 31, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 13, 2011
    80
    Beyond a couple of truly gut-churning moments courtesy of the special-FX wizards, the second season showcases the topnotch cast the producers have assembled, as well as the program's skill milking terror in broad daylight.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 14, 2011
    60
    The Walking Dead may be under new management, but it seems to have kept its rhythm, moving easily between bursts of intense violence and long stretches of psychological sparring.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 17, 2011
    80
    The show creates tension--through atmosphere and characters the audience cares about--and offers so many make-you-jump scares that by the end of an episode, you're left breathless.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 14, 2011
    80
    The Walking Dead will leave you hungry for more.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 14, 2011
    50
    The show is a grim spectacle, and juicy bait for end-of-the-world addicts such as myself. But the living people in The Walking Dead, those uninfected with the mysterious virus, they are far less compelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 13, 2011
    100
    For anyone seeking edge-of-your-chair tension, Dead delivers. But what separates this fine series from similar shows is the honesty of its human interactions.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 11, 2011
    90
    The Walking Dead hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it's thrilling.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 13, 2011
    100
    Six million zombiephiles watched the finale of the first season and those 6 million will not want to miss Sunday's opener, which is excellent and appropriately disgusting.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 13, 2011
    50
    A wiry, tired jitteriness has crept in. [24 Oct 2011, p.48]
  10. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 14, 2011
    80
    The bottom line is, if you liked the what the show was dishing out in its first season--genre storytelling made with admirable restraint and economy, except for those jump-out-of-your-seat scary/gross moments--you're likely to enjoy what you see in season 2.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 13, 2011
    83
    Like Rick Grimes, all I can do is focus on what lies directly in front of me, and the here and now of The Walking Dead looks very good.
  12. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 14, 2011
    100
    You'll be happy to know that at least as far as the first two episodes go (90 -minute season premiere this Sunday night), the show is better than ever--which would have seemed impossible.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 13, 2011
    83
    In its second season, The Walking Dead remains the most suspenseful show on any TV network.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 14, 2011
    83
    Season 2 so far is still a watchable feast of decayed human flesh and frayed nerve endings.
  15. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 14, 2011
    100
    If Kirkman, writer/show runner Glen Mazzara ("The Shield") and the rest of the team continue doing what they're doing--and following the template Darabont created--The Walking Dead can have a bloody long life.
  16. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 14, 2011
    80
    The show seems somehow sleeker and better paced. Characters may now be people first and archetypes second. This has the subtle but immediate effect of making The Walking Dead less predictable and more frightening.
  17. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 14, 2011
    70
    The Walking Dead is starting season 2 much more strongly than it ended season 1.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oct 21, 2011
    60
    As we head into Season 2, it's becoming increasingly clear that they [the actors] can't make these characters interesting, because they're too thinly conceived.
  19. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 14, 2011
    88
    [It's] a new season of jump-from-your-seat scares and shivery twists that will leave you breathless.
  20. Based on the first two installments of a 13-episode season, it will continue to have viewers perched on the edge of their sofas.
  21. Reviewed by: Michelle Welch
    Oct 20, 2011
    80
    In many ways, it was where the series ought to have begun.
  22. Reviewed by: Scott Von Doviak
    Oct 11, 2011
    75
    If the characters are a bit weak, The Walking Dead still has a compelling scenario going for it.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 996 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 174
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    10
    Definitely a great TV show. On one hand, the acting is favorable, costumes are awesome, the atmosphere is intense, and the situations are unpredictable. The second season (well at least the first 2 episodes) is certainly more action-zombie-packed than the first but without sacrificing other aspects off it. Furthermore, the way the story unfolds is well written even though you would not expect that from a zombie-based adventures. To sum up, a show worth watching. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    3
    first season was pretty good, this one... not so much. the writing has gone by the wayside and the only good actor in the show is the one who plays dale. the problem with that is the writers try to make him the unlikable character, the rest are just husks and cliches. rick talking to a jesus statue as if it were a real person who would return dialogue, laughable. those who pray do not try to hollywoodize what could have been a great moment in the show, but poorly poorly executed. i still hold out hope for it as the first season was pretty good Full Review »
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    0
    The writing on this show is some of the most infuriatingly idiotic work I've ever seen. In season 1 they had to cover themselves in zombie gut to make sure they're not sniffed out. In season 2 all they have to do is hide underneath cars or put bodies on top of them. In season 1 if there is fluid exchange you get zombified. In season 2 no such thing. In season 1 if you stab a zombie body parts still move around and the zombie doesnt stay dead. In season 2 all knives are somehow magical. The characters are incredibly moronic. A zombie is looking for you. You hide in a closet. What do you do? You start fumbling around with a gun and then obviously drop it so the zombie comes after you. You know that if you get zombie blood in your mouth you turn into a zombie. What do you do? You stab the zombie repeatedly while your mouth is gaping open. Girl knows zombies follow sound. Starts crying. Zombies coming after you. Crouch behind a car right in front of the zombies, cut yourself on the car, then just start stumbling around. You tell a girl to stay here and that you'll come back for her. Girl leaves. In any situation just imagine what a person would the brains of a zombie would do and your prediction will be spot on.

    Even though they're incredibly slow zombies will come out of nowhere, suddenly swarming the group in a vast open area. The **** with the characters. The hysteric acting. The moronic plot devices. Nice costumes, but who watches a show if the only redeeming part is the costumes?
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